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Diana Evans

Diana Evans has been teaching watercolor technique for over 9 years. She enjoys painting landscapes, seascapes, flowers, and the wildlife of the Eastern Shore. Diana enjoys teaching beginning students and encourages her students to request subjects that are of interest to them.

Robert Gladney

Robert’s profession is art and design. He is multi talented and has studied the fine arts of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and graphic design at various art schools across the country. Always keen to help others experience the joy that he has found in art, he particularly enjoys the beginning students and is always there to answer questions and help the student figure out the answers.

Windy Karpavage

Windy is a fiber artist and owner of Kaire’je Studios, a fiber arts retail business on Taylor’s Island that carries high quality and unusual fibers and materials. Windy is passionate about knitting and felting and is familiar with many fiber art forms. She has worked as a test knitter for a knitwear designer where she perfected fine finishing details. She currently teaches knitting at DCA and helps knitters new and experienced bring their own unique flare to their work.

Find Windy at w.b.karpavage on Facebook.

Barbara Zuehlke

Barbara Zuehlke is an award winning Eastern Shore artist. She works in various mediums from serigraph to oil, focusing primarily on watercolor. Using wet pigment on wet paper (wet on wet), Barbara creates a softness and flow that is exciting when combined with the sharp, clean edges of working on dry paper. Barb creates beauty for your enjoyment; believing that good drawing is the basis for good painting and that the observer needs to feel the medium… “the flow and transparency of watercolor or the rich gooeyness of oil.”

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Amy Taylor

Amy Taylor is a natural dyer and textile artist living and working in Chicago. She creates exquisite textiles using only natural dye materials such as plants, insects, and mineral salts. With a passion for eco-friendly materials and ethical fashion, her work focuses on fabric and form to create high quality, one-of-a-kind garments to make the wearer feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful.

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Bridget Pemberton-Smith

Bridget Pemberton-Smith, ATR-BC has been a Soul Collage Facilitator since 2011. She is also a board-certified art therapist and works as the development director of the Art Therapy Institute in Carrboro, NC. Bridget received her Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy in 1998 from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

Irina Stotland

Irina Stotland received her doctorate in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA. A specialist in nineteenth-century French art, her research interests include Post-Impressionism and self-portraiture. Her article on Paul Gauguin’s self-portraits appears in Gauguin’s Challenge – New Perspectives After Postmodernism (ed. Norma Broude, 2018). She is currently teaching at Montgomery College LLI, Rockville MD and lecturing at various museums and educational organizations.

Emily Hobgood Thomas

Emily Hobgood Thomas is an artist from Morehead City, North Carolina. Emily makes photographs with varying degrees of manipulation that investigate the socioeconomic impact of tourism. At this time, Emily’s work focuses on the Outer Banks region of North Carolina.

Emily graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2018 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a Concentration in Painting. In 2020, Emily earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Richard Krawiec

Richard Krawiec is an American writer from Massachusetts, who currently lives in North Carolina. His first novel, Time Sharing (1986) was published by Viking Penguin. He published a second novel, Faith In What? and the short story collection And Fools of God. He has written two sports biographies for young people, one about basketball star Yao Ming and the other about Olympic Gold Medal winning skater Sarah Hughes. His first chapbook of poetry, “Breakdown” was published in 2008 by Main Street Rag Press. His second book of poetry, “She Hands Me the Razor” was published in 2012 by Press 53. He has had 4 plays published by Big Dog Publishing.

Krawiec wrote the Beginning and Intermediate Fiction Writing curriculum for the UNC-Chapel Hill Independent Studies Program, where he teaches online writing classes. He is the 2009 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC-Chapel Hill for these courses.

Alex Boersma

ALEX BOERSMA is freelance scientific illustrator and designer from Toronto, Ontario. After studying geology and studio art at Vassar College in New York, Alex worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, conducting research on whale evolution in the Pyenson Lab, Paleobiology department. Articles on her research have appeared in multiple news outlets, including the New York Times, BBC News, Nature, and the Washington Post.

Having completed a Master’s certificate in Science Illustration at CSU Monterey Bay, Alex is currently based in Chicago. Her focus is on using visual storytelling to engage the public in scientific ideas and the natural world. Working in a variety of mediums, both traditional and digital, Alex also has a particular love of printmaking and incorporating unconventional mediums in science illustration.

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